At the Margin of the Functioning of Polish Courts in the General Government. Case of Majer Wolberg Cover Image
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Na marginesie funkcjonowania sądów polskich w Generalnym Gubernatorstwie. Przypadek Majera Wolberga
At the Margin of the Functioning of Polish Courts in the General Government. Case of Majer Wolberg

Author(s): Ewa Wiatr
Subject(s): History, Jewish studies, Recent History (1900 till today), WW II and following years (1940 - 1949), History of Antisemitism
Published by: Stowarzyszenie Centrum Badań nad Zagładą Żydów & IFiS PAN
Keywords: court system during the occupation; Polish courts in the General Government; court trials with participation of Jews

Summary/Abstract: During the German occupation, a two-tier justice system was introduced in the General Government: Polish courts, with their pre-war structures, operated alongside German courts. The paper, based on records preserved in the State Archives in Piotrkow, is devoted to a trial before the Polish Municipal Court in Pławno near Radom. Karol Kuban was sued by Meir Wolberg, and the subject of the dispute was money owed for a horse. The most interesting part of the trial was the decision of the court ordering Kuban to take an oath in the parish church, as a result of which Wolberg was supposed to withdraw his claim. Kuban failed to appear in the church, and instead 􀏐iled an appeal to a higher court, which overturned the previous verdict and ordered a retrial. Further legal actions were suspended due to the absence of Majer Wolberg, who was deported to an extermination camp at that time.

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 11
  • Page Range: 494-502
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: Polish